Wes Edens had made a name for himself in the business world. He is one of the most successful entrepreneurs and executives in the financial services industry. Edens is the co founder and chairman of the leading alternative asset management firm known as Fortress Investment Group. As a leading executive and entrepreneur, Wes has been able to make Fortress a highly active organization when it comes to completing major investment transactions. One of the most recent transactions made by the firm has been its acquisition with SoftBank. Along with being the chairman of Fortress Investment Group in New York, Wes has also spent many years as an executive for a couple of other financial services firms. He is also a part owner of two major professional sports franchises.
In the mid 1980’s, Wes Edens completed a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance at Oregon State University. Once he completed his educational programs, he went on to begin his career by working at California Savings & Loan. For a couple of years he worked at this financial institution to get some initial entry level experience in the field. He would then move on to pursue other opportunities at firms such as Lehman Brothers, Smith Barney and BlackRock Financial Management.
After a brief stint at California Savings & Loan, Wes Edens worked at Smith Barney and Lehman Brothers in New York. While he was at Lehman Brothers, Wes got some more experience in the financial sector by assisting clients with mergers and acquisitions. He also helped them find ways to better manage investment portfolios as well. His experience at these two firms allowed him to develop some leadership skills as he was in charge of certain departments.
In 1993, Wes left Lehman Brothers in order to begin working at a startup firm called BlackRock Financial Management. While working as a member of BlackRock Financial Management, Wes continued to work in a managerial role leading the firm. For five years he was one of the firm’s top executives. He would go on to start up Fortress Investment Group in the late 1990’s.